[jja-announce] party, symposium, party

Howard Mandel jazzmandel at earthlink.net
Mon Sep 24 00:05:27 EDT 2007

Dear JJA members --

the day-long symposium "Jazz and the Global Imagination," produced by  
the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia U next Saturday (Sept. 29)  
from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. puts about 30 of our colleagues -- including  
two dozen from outside the U.S. - onstage to talk in panel  
discussions. But it offers ***all*** members of the JJA and curious  
jazz journalists everywhere the opportunity to get involved in this  
first international gathering of our profession in the U.S.

First there's the JJA's welcome reception for our visitors, 5:30 -  
7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28, free for all members (plus ones ok -- by  
rsvp, please, to hman at jazzhouse.org) at the Lenox Lounge, 288 Lenox  
Ave (between 124th and 125th St.) Food (thanks to Boosey & Hawkes  
music publisher), cocktails and music by pianist Roberto Rodriguez's  
trio (courtesty ASCAP). If you've already rsvp'd, don't worry, I've  
got your names on the list -- but if you haven't, please let me know  
you're going to come. Afterwards, a large party of us will go to hear  
Steve Coleman and a heralded South African saxophonist at Museo del  
Barrio, also in Harlem.

Saturday are the panels -- starting at 9 pm., five of them (with some  
meal breaks) lasting until 6 p.m., then a final blowout discussion  
revisiting topics of the day from 7:30 - 9:30 -- panelists for that  
one include the NY lineup of Gary Giddins, Ben Ratliff, Stanley  
Crouch, Francis Davis, Greg Tate, with
Gwen Ansell (South Africa), Seda Binbasgil (Turkey), Christian  
Broecking (Germany), Alain Derbez (Mexico), Alex Dutilh (France), and  
Kazue Yokoi (Japan).

The topics of the panels are viewable at www.globaljazz at columbia.edu  
-- valuable, because the JJA is producing a simultaneous day-long  
online Interactivew discussion at Jazzhouse.org, anchored by David  
Adler, editor of Jazz Notes, and depending on dozens of bloggers,  
both at the panel site and away from it, to chime into the  
discussion. The panls WILL BE WEBCAST! -- specific details of which  
will follow later this week.

The Interactiview software is easy. You can go to Jazzhouse.org and  
follow sign-in instructions on Saturday. If you're curious, look at  
any archive Interactiview forum to see how these work.

And then there's Sunday -- Jazz at Lincoln Center throwing a grand  
brunch for the JJA at Dizzy's Club, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Very good  
menu, includes mimosas, and music by Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca's  
quartet with saxophonist Ralph Bowen, bassist Carlo DeRosa, and  
drummer Henry Cole. YES RSVP to hman at jazzhouse.org -- we can have as  
many as 70 people here! We'll be sending off the jazz journalists  
who've come, and following up on ideas that come out of the discussions.

The previously advertised walking tour of Harlem is in some doubt,  
but we're hoping to find a tour guide -- details on success of that  
will follow, too.

Please come to some of these JJA related events -- it's important our  
organization make a good showing at this conference, if we hope to  
have a larger, more inclusive one to follow up on it. It is a great  
opportunity to connect with friends from overseas, and to engage with  
some of the larger issues facing jazz journalists, which we often  
overlook in haste to land gigs and make deadlines (speaking for  
myself). It is a historic event, and it ought to be fun. Everything  
is free to JJA members, and please invite unaffiliated colleagues to  
attend the symposium or participate in the Interactiview blog to get  
in on these same important discussions. "Jazz in the Global  
Imagination" is an event such as the JJA has been hoping for, and I  
urge JJA members to see it as an event, an opportunity, and a  
convention, whether you're going to be onstage or not.

thanks for interest and patience -- please help this conference be  
what it can be --

more soon, Howard

Howard Mandel
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151 1st Ave.
NY NY 10003
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